Saturday 2 July 2011
8:00pm - 11:59pm
Location: Meeniyan Town Hall | Category: Music
Seating only 260 people at candle lit tables, BYO.
Concession/Members $60 (includes all booking fees)
Email: [email protected]
Outlets: Gecko Studio Gallery – Fish Creek, Main Street Revelations – Foster, Bair Music – Leongatha
Jimmy Webb is arguably the finest American pop songwriter of his generation, who went from struggling composer to seeming overnight success in 1967 with such chart-topping renditions of his tunes as the Fifth Dimension’s “Up, Up and Away” and Glen Campbell’s “By the Time I Get To Phoenix,” yielding the gifted 21 year-old artist eight Grammy awards in a single year. Few have exhibited such versatility or such bold artistic reach within a pop context. Like John Lennon and Paul McCartney or Brian Wilson, Webb’s approach was groundbreaking and visionary, yet his songs were adaptable to an impressive range of artists – Top 40, country, rock – and immediately embraced by mainstream audiences.
Jimmy Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Webb is best known for the classics he provided for such artists as Glen Campbell (“By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston”), Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park,” “Didn’t We”), The Fifth Dimension, (“Up, Up and Away”), The Brooklyn Bridge (“Worst That Could Happen”), Art Garfunkel (“All I Know”), Linda Ronstadt (“Adios”), and Joe Cocker (“The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress”). Jimmy launched his own performing and recording career in the 70’s, releasing six albums in eleven years, while managing to write hits for other recording stars. In 1999, Jimmy Webb wrote the consummate book on songwriting, Tunesmith, which was proclaimed as the “finest book about songwriting of our time,” by Musician magazine. Webb’s latest album, Just Across the River, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim.
On Just Across the River, Webb revisits 13 classic songs from his prodigious catalogue, joined by an all-star lineup of guest vocalists that he simply regards as a collection of old friends — Jackson Browne, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther and Lucinda Williams. If you see Webb in concert – and you should – he liberally intersperses his songs with tales of how he came to write them and how others came to record them. The native Oklahoman had moved to Los Angeles in the early sixties at a key juncture in pop culture, when all ears were turning to the Southern Californian scene –a time of great transition, from the primacy of the pop single to the ascendancy of the album, from AM to FM, when behind the scenes tunesmiths became out-front singer-songwriters.
“People may wonder how all these great artists came to do this album with an obscure, eclectic talent like Jimmy Webb,” says the veteran songwriter with more than a little self-deprecation as he talks about Just Across the River. “The answer is that it’s a family — an interlaced, interconnected family. There’s a love and deep emotional content in the subtext of this record.”
Webb is also a member of the Board of Directors at ASCAP and recently became Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.